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Is job creation behind Detroit office?

Karen Bolipata, New York

The USPTO cited access to major research institutions, skilled engineers and scientists, and high volume of patenting activity as the reasons for choosing Detroit as the site of its first satellite office

But IP practitioners say the city's well-documented economic decline probably gave it an edge over other prospective locations.

"We're desperately looking for jobs," said Steven Oberholtzer of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione's Ann Arbor office. "There could be a component...

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